Having just completed my first year of teaching, I can say that I have learned much. This year was spent substituting, and in November, I accepted a long term assignment at a middle school in Sebring, Florida. I had 3 classes of Intensive Writing, was a teaching assistant in an American History class and a Language Arts block, and oversaw two study halls. While this assignment may have not been ideal--my ideal is teaching Social Studies at the Middle School level--it gave me a breadth of experience in lesson planning without a text book, actual classroom teaching vs. busy work left for subs, grading, and an opportunity to interact with both students and faculty.
I do not know where I will be in the fall. If I end up at the same school, I would be happy. Having 2/3 of the school body, and the majority of the faculty know who I am is a plus. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to get a leg up on the "need experience to get a job, need a job to get experience" conundrum. As the summer progresses, I will post some of the specific pearls of wisdom that I gleaned from this past school year.